Hurricane Irene’s Toll on NJ’s Historic Places
Preservation NJ is trying to collect information regarding Hurricane Irene’s impact on the state’s historic places. As everyone is well aware, the storm has left thousands of NJ communities without power, making communication difficult. The information
here was gathered from online news reports and Facebook and email accounts sent to PNJ.
So far, we’ve received reports that:
– High Bridge, Hunterdon County, has been evacuated due to fears about the integrity of Lake Solitude Dam, one of 2008’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey.
– Facebook posts report serious flooding in historic areas of Lumberton & Vincentown in Burlington County. We understand that the Vincentown Episcopal Church, Telephone Museum and several houses in the historic district were flooded.
– A dam breach in Harrison Township has resulted in flooding and possible damage to the historic Mullica Hill area
– Flooding in Trenton has impacted historic neighborhoods including Ferry Street and the Island.
– Parts of Hoboken are flooded with Hudson River water and sewage.
– Dozens of historic bridges have been flooded and seriously damaged in Hunterdon County.
– According to emergency management officials, all 25 townships in Middlesex County have experienced some degree of flooding.
– Good new in Spring Lake: the circa 1930s beach pavilion weather the storm intact.
– Significant flooding in Morris County, including Morristown, Denville, Dover, and Bernardsville.
– Cape May has experienced much less damage then expected, although downed trees have damaged several properties.
– Cumberland County fared the storms better than expected, but continues to recover from damage caused by storms that washed out roads and dams two weeks ago.
– The Rahway River breached its dikes, flooding Cranford.
– Tornadoes resulted in significant damage in Long Branch
– Main Street in Hightstown, Mercer County, is completely submerged.
– Much of downtown Mount Holly has been and is submerged.
And this is, of course, not the half of it. Help us get a handle on Irene’s impacts on historic New Jersey: keep PNJ posted by posting your accounts of how the storm and aftermath are treating historic resources in your area here on our blog, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Our heartfelt best wishes to everyone impacted by the storm.